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Festive sparkle and a very Victorian Christmas at Tyntesfield

4th November 2019

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The good tidings of Christmas are well on their way at the National Trust’s Tyntesfield estate, near Bristol.

Festive sparkle and a very Victorian Christmas at Tyntesfield_ Credit Rob Stothard

From Saturday 23 November to Sunday 5 January, visitors can immerse themselves in the excitement of a Victorian Christmas, joining costumed characters playing the part of the Gibbs family as they prepare for Christmas of 1891. There’ll be dancing, singing and merriment every day, and visitors will be invited to join in with traditional carols and learn some dance steps in the Drawing Room.

The house and estate are open every day except Christmas day, and will open late 5 days a week throughout December, giving more visitors the chance to see the house dressed up in its winter finery, shop and eat. From Wednesday to Sunday, the estate is open until 8pm, and 9pm on Fridays. The Cow Barn shop and restaurant are open until 30 minutes before closing, and last entry to the house is one hour before. 

Whilst the halls are lavishly dressed, the decorations don’t stop there. Throughout the estate, lighting and decorations will adorn the outdoors, and there’ll be two very special illuminated and animated sculptures made by Bristol’s ‘The Gentleman Octopus’, inspired by Tyntesfield’s flora and fauna.

In another first for the estate, visitors can take home a very special souvenir of their visit to last through the season, as Christmas trees will be on sale in the upper courtyard. A selection of 4 different trees will be available, from £25.

To fully immerse themselves in Christmas spirit, visitors can book into one of many carol concerts in the chapel. A range of local professional and community choirs will perform, including UWE Gospel Choir, St Mary Redcliffe Church Choir and Spiro.

For those wishing to travel in true Victorian style, there’ll be horse and carriage rides running daily from the front of the house, or for the more creative there are workshops, including firm favourite, wreath making.

Tyntesfield is easily reached via public transport and is served by First Bus. Weekends and school holidays can be particularly busy, travelling by bus means no queue for the car park and 20% off in the shop and restaurant. Booking in advance is highly recommended via the Tyntesfield website, or on 0344 249 1895

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